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  • How do I determine what "hand" a door is?
    Doors have a "hand" and a "swing". To establish the hand of the door, view the door from the outside, or key side. The side that the hinges are on determines the hand of the door (i.e. 'right' or 'left') To determine the swing of the door use the following procedure. If the door swings away from you, the hand is a regular hand (i.e right hand or left hand). If the door swings toward you the door is a reverse swing (i.e left hand reverse or right hand reverse).

  • What are the components of a hollow metal door frame?
    A frame that is to have one door would be called a single opening frame and consists of a Hinge Jamb (the jamb to which the hinges would be attached and from which the door would swing), a Strike Jamb (it is prepared for the attachment of the strike plate which is a piece of finish hardware supplied with the lock), and a Head or Header which is the horizontal member at the top that connects the two jambs. A frame that is to have two doors could additionally have a Mullion which is used as a Strike Jamb for both doors when it is used, in that case the frame would have two Hinge Jambs (one on either side) and a Mullion between the doors prepared for the lock strike plates.
  • Are all steel doors plain, blank steel?
    No. Today's steel doors come in a variety of designs and finishes, from "Embossed six panel doors", Cross Buck designed doors, doors with Half Glass, Vision type glass, Full Glass doors, Dutch doors, and even the wood grain, stainable steel door from Ceco called the "Madera". Please go to our "Products" page and 'click' on the Ceco Door logo  to see some of  the variety of door faces available. 
  • How do I know what type of a hinge to put on a door?
    Because of the large variety of door sizes and weight, hinges are placed into three groups; Heavy Weight - Ball Bearing; Standard Weight - Ball Bearing; and Standard Weight - Plain Bearing. There are two factors to consider when determining the weight and structure of the hinge; weight of the door, and frequency of use. A Quality Door and Hardware Customer Service Representative can help you determine the correct hinge for your door.
  • Can I use a hold-open closer or floor stops or wedges on fire doors?
    No. All fire doors must be self closing and self latching. Fire doors cannot be held in an open position unless they close automatically in the event of a fire by means of a smoke or ionization detector.
  • What is the "face" of a hollow metal frame?
    The 'face' of the frame is the portion visible to you that is parallel to the door face when the door is closed. Typically the standard face sizes are two inch or four inch. Other sizes are available for custom applications.
  • Are hollow metal (steel) frames welded together and installed as one unit?
    Hollow metal frames are supplied as welded units to fit an opening size, or as 'Knock down' (KD) frames shipped in three pieces, the Header, Hinge Jamb, and the Strike Jamb, mitered to fit together when installed to form a solid uniform frame.
  • How do I know what type of door, and what hardware I need for a door to assure it will last?
    There are a great number of variables that would determine the door material, the type of hinges, whether or not you would require door closers, thresholds, weather stripping, the type of lockset and other factors when buying or installing a door. Your best course of action would be to discuss your needs with a  person who has experience and knowledge, in the field of doors, frames and hardware.  The Customer Service Representatives at Quality Door & Hardware have the training, the experience, the knowledge and the concern to provide you with a door that you will be satisfied with for many years.
  • Do I have to paint a steel door and/or frame or is the factory primer sufficient?
    In order to assure a long life of your steel doors they should be finish painted immediately after installation. The factory prime paint does not offer sufficient protection from the elements.
  • Are steel spreader bars that are attached to steel frames for shipping O.K. to use in installing a frame 'plumb and square'?
    No. The steel spreader bars' sole purpose is to prevent damage while a welded frame is in transit. The spreader bars are not cut to the exact frame opening width, so the frame cannot be set 'plumb and square' using the spreader bar. Spreader bars should be removed prior to installation of the frame.
     
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